I tend to think of turkey as a good buy. When the store sales are going strong just before the holidays, turkey is cheap. However, it’s good to remember that turkey is a nutritional bargain, too. A serving of turkey is 3 ounces. Within those three juicy ounces is a tasty meat that is high in protein and low in fat. Many people that I know cook the turkey with the skin on. If you do that, turkey dark meat has a little over 230 calories. It has 13 grams of fat and 27 grams of protein. For a lower fat choice, enjoy turkey breast. It has 8 grams of fat and 29 grams of protein. This turkey breast has fewer than 200 calories for three ounces. Turkey also has vitamins and minerals. You can get a healthy dose of B vitamins, along with phosphorus, potassium and zinc. So, use your leftover turkey wisely. I say, “Turn it into sandwiches or soups to eat with a tasty sandwich!”
For each sandwich you will need:
1-2 tablespoons of olive oil
1 large slice of sourdough bread-cut in two pieces
1 slice provolone
1 slice American cheese
Sliced or shredded turkey pieces to cover the bread
Country herb blend dried herbs (or your favorite dried herb blend)
Using a heavy iron skillet, I like to grill my bread with some extra virgin olive oil. The amount of oil used varies depending on how much of the oil flavor that you want. You can brush it on, or you can pour the oil into a pan and rub the bread into the oil. Place the bread with the oiled side down into a warm skillet. Put a piece of provolone on the bread. Cover the provolone with turkey. Grind or sprinkle some herbs onto the turkey. Sprinkle some garlic powder on the turkey, too. Place the American cheese on the turkey. Cover with the second piece of bread with the oiled side out. Cook covered on medium heat until the bread is golden brown. Use a spatula and carefully turn the sandwich. Continue to cook over medium heat, but leave the cover off. When the second side is browned, remove it from the pan to a plate.
Place the sandwich on the plate with the cooler side down. If you place a hot grilled piece of bread on a plate, it can steam and lose its crunch.
Leftover turkey is great to make sandwiches with. It is a meat that absorbs the flavors of its seasonings and condiments. This makes it perfect for use in ethnic dishes. Add some oriental sauces and finely chopped vegetables and serve the leftover turkey in a rice wrapper or lettuce leaf. Hit that leftover turkey with some Mexican spices and use it to build those lovely sandwiches like tacos, tostados, or burritos. Finely chop it and wrap it up in a tortilla with sliced lettuce, tomatoes, onions, feta cheese, and cucumber sauce for a Mediterranean twist. No matter how you serve your leftover turkey, it is a delicious nutritional bargain.